It was super cold outside, but I really wanted to get outside. I thought I would try something new, so I headed to the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee trail. It starts in Chesterfield, MO near the Hardee’s Ice Rink/Taubman Prestige Outlets. Unfortunately for me, It was right around the freezing mark with high winds. Being pigheaded, I rode anyway for about 1 mile before giving up. Additionally I was having trouble mounting “The Big One” and had a bunch of hockey players watching me fail.
I started on the right side of the map with the circle going left for the short windy part of the ride.
Not wanting to give up, I drove to St. Louis Premium outlets just down the highway to ride on the bridge across the river. I decided to take my 29″ unicycle that I was more familiar with for this ride. The Missouri River looked peaceful, but I know how cold it is right now!
On the west side of the river I was too tempted not to ride down and be on the Katy trail for a short bit.
And after this building, I went back to the van to warm up and go home on this short but interesting ride. I’ll be back to this trail!
Every year, Avery Elementary takes their 5th grade class on a field trip to Hidden Valley to ski. I did this two years ago with Corvin. I told Danelle she had to take Sonora cause I don’t like skiing much. Fast forward two years later and Danelle is teaching school and can’t get time off to take Sonora. So I took the day off of work and headed out to be with her.
I was hoping that Sonora would take the lessons and have enough of skiing. But she wanted to continue after the lesson, so I bought a lift ticket to go with her. I went up the super easy slopes as many times as she wanted to trying to build up my own confidence. This isn’t like riding a bike (that is fun) and I didn’t get any better in the two years since my last skiing.
Eventually we went down to the “bigger” easy area with the rope lift. Sonora did great her first try going all the way to the top and I followed right behind. Once at the top, we both looked at each other with a medium amount of fear. I started after her and watched helpless as she went straight down gaining speed and terror. I attempted to plow my way down going faster and my fear growing as well. I remember thinking “I HATE THIS” over and over again till I finally started slowing down at the bottom. When I eventually caught up to Sonora, she was crying from fear. I asked her if she wanted to leave (hoping she would say yes), but she said we could stay and try something different.
There was one super short lift that we ended up going on multiple times and she eventually was able to get off at the end without falling.
Like all nightmares, they eventually come to an end (unfortunately this one was real). Sonora and I went to Panara Bread company for dinner before finally ending a day of bonding. This day makes me glad I only have 2 kids! With luck I’ll never have to ski again!
We made a trip out to Waterfall as we had not been there in over a month. There were mixed emotions as we pulled up to our shelter being knocked down.
I had mixed emotions about the shelter being knocked down. I wasn’t sure how we were ever going to make it stable. There were many things about the design I learned after messing it up and constructing it. One of the neighbors came over to tell us that 50mph winds came up the hill and knocked it right over. Its better that it fell down before we had any more effort into it. Here are some more photos of what the wind did to our creation.
We didn’t have any tools when we were out. So Corvin and I went out the next day to disassemble all of the wood and stack it up. Its a lot of money invested in the lumber and we vowed to find another use for it at Waterfall.
It was a warm perfect day to go out and unicycle. I’ve been waiting to get outside and get more distance. I decided to visit the Mississippi River Trail (MRT). I started at the normal parking lot.
I thought it would be fun to start with a detour to the St. Louis Arch, so I went south first. I rode there and got a few photos of the arch.
I rode around the top of the arch for a bit and helped some tourists with a photo. It wasn’t long till I was riding back to where I started to continue on the MRT. One of the most fantastic things about the trail is all of the industry there. Today, I got to view the very top of a mobile crane that had not been lifted yet. Two things interested me. First the mini weather station and second that the wheels on top were made of plastic!
Back on the trail, I had to stop again when I came across the Grossman Iron and Steel plant. I’ve often seen their trucks around the city, but never knew what happened to the junk they haul.
These trucks go to the plant where they crush the metal and turn it into something else. I’m not sure what, but it was awesome to watch!
Maybe a half mile north, the path for the McKinley Bridge came up. I decided it woudl be fun to ride over into Illinois and see what was going on.
This side of the river didn’t disappoint either! There was a lot of to see including massive conveyor belts and steaming oil containers!
I ended up near some military stuff and found this sign most entertaining!
Nothing like being protected by an “ALARM SYSTEM”. I’m not one to break into stuff, but this is one sign that wouldn’t deter me!
I find it important to not just ride but to experience things as I go along. This trip was a complete success. I ended up going just over 18 miles!
The day finally arrived, The Amazon Event! We were here to see the film “Peeled Faces on the Amazon” by West Hansen. JoJo masterminded the event getting West Hansen and Jeff Wueste to come up from Texas to present their expedition.
My part of the story started earlier in the evening, picking up Laura to go with us to the event. She took us to her favorite fancy ice cream place on Grand.
And then we were off to JoJo’s Funky Warehouse to prepare for the movie. There was great concern about the turnout as there was an ice storm the day before. We put too much work into this event to re-schedule and the city did a fantastic job getting the streets safe. So our first impression was of the temporary door.
Once inside, we started setting up the event with the rest of the volunteers.
And of course, we had to get the custom beer set up and chilled!
Once the party started, about 120 people showed up for the event!
And of course, West presenting his masterpiece!
And we may have drank a few beers and played games!
It was a fantastic venue for a film and was enjoyed by all!